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Film screening: Bhashaili (Adrift), 2024

23 May 2024, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm

The film poster shows two shadows bowing their heads in sadness. In the background is a ship on the sea. Image credit: BHASHAILI (ADRIFT).

Join this event for a film screening of Bhashaili, the Bangla word for Adrift, which explores the everyday stories of Pakistani Bengalis living in Karachi.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Sonya Sharma


Room G03
55-59 Gordon Square

Bhashaili tells the story of Pakistani Bengalis living in Karachi, many of whom face issues around citizenship and statelessness despite being in their fourth generation.

The film follows the everyday stories of young and old Pakistani Bengalis as they chase their dreams, find love, stand up for injustices, and face despair around their lack of recognition in Pakistan.

The film is based on research by Dr Humera Iqbal, Dr Anushay Malik, Dr Maria Rashid and Arooj Aurangzeb

  • Directed and produced by Jawad Sharif
  • Produced by Humera Iqbal, Syeda Kashmala, Anushay Malik
  • Duration: 58.46 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary Language: Urdu, Bangla, English

This in-person event will be particularly useful for researchers and educators and those interested in young people, families, identities, citizenship, statelessness and activism.

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About the Speaker

Dr Humera Iqbal

Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Psychology at TCRU

Her research centres on the identity, historical and contemporary lived experiences of migrant and minority families, children and young people. This includes citizenship experiences and statelessness, social representations, and social activism. Another strand of her research interrogates the influence of culture, nature and the arts on wellbeing and belonging.

Humera uses mixed methods, arts and film-based methods in her research.

She is Principal Investigator of the international AHRC funded study: ‘Partition of Identity: An exploration of Belonging in Bengalis in Pakistan, 1971- present' and co-lead of the UCL Creative Health of the Public Network.

More about Dr Humera Iqbal